A celebrated East London bakery
Lily Jones (aka Lily Vanilli) carved out a solid, celebrity-packed fan base well before opening her own bakery, and her forays into sculptural, macabre cake creations (gingerbread gravestones, anyone?) set her far apart from the mainstream cupcake clan. These days, she still puts on an innovative show, although space is tight in her gorgeous little courtyard café if you fancy sampling wacky delights such as yuzu lemon tart or pomegranate and black-tea vegan cakes. Lily is only open on Sundays, but this is a cosy teatime treat – especially after a trip to Columbia Road flower market (just a skip away).
|Venue name:||Lily Vanilli|
6 The Courtyard
|Cross street:||Ezra Street|
|Transport:||Tube: Cambridge Heath rail|
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Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:7
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
The cakes look absolutely stunning - but being someone of a more savoury disposition I opted for the classic cheese on toast. It was super tasty, but my big qualm is they wouldn't heat it up for us! I'm a little forgiving because they had a long line, and few staff, but still.. cold cheese and toast kind of looses the magic for me!
THE BEST! THE BEST! A SUNDAY ESSENTIAL! most delicious treats sweet and savoury. the root cake is the best thing to ever happen to a vegetable.
Absolutely delicious moist spelt carrot cake, cut generously for £3, you could really taste the quality of the ingredients and the care that had gone into baking it. Washed down with literally the best coffee I've had in London (just pipping Soho's Flat White to the post). My gf had the salted chocolate brownie which was melt in the mouth lovely (at least the corner I got to try!) The countertops were overflowing with unusual cafe treats we didn't get to try this time: mini bakewells, velvet cupcakes, delicious-looking sausage rolls, even Absinthe ice cream (!). There's a buzzy atmosphere as it's popular and different and a feeling of having found something happening. I didn't find the staff (including Lily Vanilli herself who was a gracious hostess with the mostess) unfriendly, just busy and serving people fast to keep the queues down.
Excellent quality and delicious cakes! A massive range to choose from. Fun & knowledgable staff. We had a perfect afternoon!
Not impressed by the cupcakes: very plain and not many varieties available. Staff could be nicer and more polite.
Unprofessional staff. Difficult to place an order from a voucher, treated us as second class customers.
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